Peanut butter cookies are one of those classic, staple cookies that everyone should be able to whip up. These are my perfectly simple, chewy, high-altitude-friendly Peanut Butter Cookies, and they are the perfect way to kick off all of your holiday baking!

Perfect High-Altitude Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are a perfect classic- and they come together really easily. Let’s get to it!

How to Make High-Altitude Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a super simple recipe, and it yields a chewy inside, lightly crisp outside, and honestly it’s my ideal pb cookie recipe.

We’re starting out by beating together butter, sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter. I’m going for a traditional smooth peanut butter here, not organic. Everything should become a little fluffy and well combined, and then it’s time to add in the egg and vanilla extract, and beat until it’s combined.

Finally, we’re adding in the dry ingredients which includes flour, baking soda, and salt. You should end up with a fairly soft and easy to use cookie dough.

High-Altitude Peanut Butter Cookie Dough before baking

I like to scoop these cookies into balls, and then roll them in the additional granulated sugar. I love the sugary crust on any cookie really, I think the texture just can’t be beat! Give it the old classic fork cross-hatch, and then it’s off to the oven.

The Best High-Altitude Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies will come out slightly puffed, and they should settle as they cool. As always, it’s important to avoid over-baking these cookies- you want them to just barely start to become golden brown on the edges, and give them time to finish baking as they cool on the baking sheet.

Easy High-Altitude Peanut Butter Cookies

That’s it- super simple, and extremely satisfying high-altitude Peanut Butter Cookies!

Tips & Tricks for Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Here are all my tips and tricks to make these pb cookies perfectly!

  • Can I use natural peanut butter instead? I don’t recommend it in this case- natural peanut butter affects the texture dramatically. If you do use it, you may find your cookies to be less chewy, but I recommend reducing the butter in the recipe by two tablespoons.
  • Can I use crunchy peanut butter? Yes, if you prefer to use crunchy peanut butter, that’s a great choice as well. Again, I recommend using a classic, not-natural variety here.
  • Be sure to mix the dough fully. It can be tough to find the right balance in mixing cookie dough. You want to avoid any pockets of unmixed flour, so be sure to scrape your bowl, and mix it until everything is truly well combined, but not much longer.
  • Can I skip the sugar coating? Yep, feel free to skip right to scooping your dough and making the cross-hatch pattern if you prefer. The sugar is a lovely addition though!
  • Be sure to avoid over-baking. These cookies should be still slightly puffy when you take them out of the oven- they will continue to set and cook as they cool, and that’s how you get the perfect texture in the end.
  • I’m at about 5,000 ft above sea level and I find that most people who live between about 3,000-7,000 ft do not need to make any adjustments to my recipes.


Perfect High-Altitude Peanut Butter Cookies
5 from 3 votes

High-Altitude Peanut Butter Cookies

Servings 16 cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup separated
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup additional sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup sugar until well combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until just combined. Finally, beat in the dry ingredients slowly until everything is well combined and you have a soft dough.
  2. Scoop the cookies into 2-tablespoonfuls and roll each cookie in the additional granulated sugar. Place on your prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Using a fork, press down the cookies gently to make a cross-hatch pattern on top. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies start to look crackly and are puffed. The cookies will settle and finish cooking after you remove from the oven, so don’t over-bake these! Cool completely and enjoy!


  1. Linda Freede

    November 5, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    5 stars
    These look delicious and I would love to try them. I am at 8500 ft. What changes should I make? Thanks.

    • Dough-Eyed

      November 14, 2022 at 11:06 am

      Hey there- I can only test recipes at around 5,000 ft, but I would recommend that you cut the baking soda down slightly (think a scant 1/2 tsp), and add another 1-2 tbs. of flour to the cookies. That should help!

      • morgan

        March 11, 2023 at 5:34 pm

        Hi hi!! I live at 10,700 ft. Any tips for me?

  2. Ayana Williams

    November 15, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    5 stars
    Finally, this recipe made peanut butter cookies perfectly! Slightly crispy outside, slightly chewy inside. Right mix of sweet and salty. Nice cookie height, it was not flat. Thank you. I can now ship out cookies to friends and family for the holidays.

  3. Taunya Stites

    February 22, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    5 stars
    Holy Moly, I am impressed!
    These cookies are FREAKING AMAZING!


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